Keeping air-purifying & humidity-reducing plants in the home is a great way to improve the quality of life and connect with nature.
Plants can enhance your home’s interior design and clear the air you breathe. They can help detoxify our homes from the airborne toxins, dust, and germs found in various household products, materials, and furniture.
You can easily grow these plants to create a healthier environment for you and your family.
Here are the best air purifying and humidity reducing indoor plants
Sword or Boston Fern
Popular since the Victorian era, Boston Ferns are now one of the most common houseplants in the world.
Boston Ferns thrive in humid climates and need consistent moisture.
They are perfect plants to absorb any humidity in your home.
Place them in the bathroom or the kitchen, where there is plenty of steam and warmth.
Ferns also remove Formaldehyde and Xylene from the air, so they are great in a freshly painted room.
Another common plant which is an air purifier but also has long been known as a medicinal plant is Aloe Vera.
Its leaves contain a gel-like juice which has natural moisturising and antiseptic properties.
People have used it since ancient times to soothe burns or scrapes and hydrate dry skin and hair.
Aloe Vera is also known to reduce the levels of formaldehyde in the room.
If you start seeing brown spots on your aloe vera leaves, it is a sign that the toxins levels in the room are too high.
English Ivy is one of the best air-purifying plants, according to some studies.
It effectively absorbs Benzene.
Benzene is a colourless, volatile liquid with a characteristic sweet odour. End products from processes requiring benzene include plastics, foams, dyes, detergents, solvents, and insecticides.
English Ivy can also reduce mould growth quite considerably.
Be careful, though. The plant is poisonous, so keep it away from pets and children who may be tempted to chew the leaves or eat the berries.
Peace Lilies are easy plants to have at home.
They grow in areas where there is no direct light but also – judging from my personal experience – they can thrive (and flower) in darker rooms.
They will absorb various toxins such as Benzene, Carbon Monoxide, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, and Xylene.
Peace Lily is efficient in absorbing mould spores.
Its leaves capture the spores and circulate them down to their roots, converting them into plant food.
Be warned; however, the leaves contain a compound that causes tongue swelling or vomiting when eaten, so keep your plants away from children and pets.
Probably the easiest plant to keep, the Spider plant can quickly remove nasty toxins such as Formaldehyde, Xylene, and Carbon Monoxide from any room.
Dust and dander stick on their leaves too.
Formaldehyde resins are used as adhesives and binders in many different industries that produce wood products, pulp and paper, synthetic fibres, plastics and coating and textiles. Formaldehyde –urea resin is used as an insulating material in building construction.
They are called Spider plants because of the little “spiderettes” that dangle out of the mother plant like spiders on a web. These spiderettes often begin as small white flowers.
Again, this is not pet-friendly plant, so make sure you keep it away from them.
A hanging basket would be ideal.
Rubber plants are gorgeous-looking air-purifying dark green plants
They are relatively easy to care for and can grow into beautiful indoor trees!
They can also help to reduce mould and bacteria from the air.
Rubber plants can remove Xylene, Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Trichloroethylene and produce more oxygen than any other plant.
Caring Tips For Your Indoor Plants
Here are a few tips to help you grow healthier plants:
- Give your plants lukewarm water rather than straight from the tap.
- Don’t waste the water you rinse your vegetables in. Use it to water your plants – they will thank you for it.
- Keep the water in a container or watering can for a little while to let the chlorine evaporate.
- Avoid standing water in the catch-tray for more than a day because it can cause root disease.
- Allow the soil to dry out between watering.
- Opt to use peat-free compost. It is more environmentally friendly and contain a variety of organic, sustainable ingredients as alternatives to peat.
- If you are worried about your home’s air quality, seek specialist advice and perhaps install an air purifier.
Will you give plants a chance?
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